Fairfax County Applies for Special Exception for Temporary Herndon Fire Station

The current Herndon Fire Station 4 will be demolished and replaced with a new facility.

Fairfax County is applying for a special exception permit for a temporary fire station facility in downtown Herndon as the original Herndon Fire Station 4 is demolished and rebuilt.

The Herndon Town Council heard more about the application at its Tuesday night work session. The temporary fire station will be located on the property of Horn Motors at 791 Elden Street.

In addition to the temporary fire station, the property will also be the construction staging area for the permanent station, which will be built at 680 Spring Street. The architectural front of the temporary station will face Locust Street.

The temporary site will include a 2,683-square-foot modular facility that will include a kitchen, living area, locker rooms and sleeping quarters for up to 14 fire station staff members. It will also include a 2,570-square-foot apparatus bay for the station’s two equipment vehicles.

The construction staging area will be on the north side of the property, along Center and Elden streets. It will include about 9,375-square-feet of space on the property.

The Herndon Planning Commission reviewed and recommended approval of the application in December, with a number of conditions.

Conditions included that the temporary fire station will be permitted for no more than 36 months with one possible six-month extension, and the site must be restored to the condition it existed in prior to construction of the temporary fire station, among others.

The Planning Commission suggested solid boards be attached to the fencing around the construction area to screen building materials and equipment, and that information and graphics on the new permanent fire station be applied as well.

Town staff recommends approval of the special exception application with the conditions and modifications recommended by the Planning Commission.

The Herndon Town Council will vote on the application at its next public hearing, to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St., in downtown Herndon. 

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